Sunday, 31 July 2011

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Review)

Genre: Paranormal
Number of Pages: 336
For ages 12+


"Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal."

I decided to take a small break from the ARCs and read a book that just came out. Supernaturally! Don't worry there will be another ARC review next week! I was so excited to read Supernaturally by Kiersten White, because I loved Paranormalcy. You can find my review on that here.

I've seen many reviews saying that this book was a filler book leading up to the third. Unfortunately, and this is heart breaking, it was. There wasn't a whole lot going on in this book.

I loved Evie's voice in this book. She was still the same kick butt, girly girl that I came to know and love in the first book, which was a relief. There were knew things to learn in this book. There were. So I'm not telling you, "Don't waste your time reading this book." You need to read it. It's got things that can't be missed.

Lend is still hot as ever. Thank goodness! He's still the sweet, swoon worthy Lend. The sad thing was.. He wasn't in it as much. He's off at college a lot in this one. So, bummer. Don't worry, though. Lend is still in the book a lot. Praise the lord. Oh man, If there were situations where you're yelling, "WHERE'S LEND WHEN YOU NEED HIM?!" He would be there the next paragraph later.

This was a quick read for me. I would be at page 50 and then the next thing I know, I'm at page 100. So, that shows you that this book is good. So don't give up hope! There were points in this book where it seemed like things just didn't match up. Hence, the filler vibe.

Kiersten's writing was still fantastic, as always. I'm still looking forward to the third book to see what she makes of it from the events that happened in the second.

Even though it seems like this book wasn't the best, it was still pretty good. It definitely did not advance to the quality of Paranormalcy, but it wasn't TERRIBLE. I give this book 4 out of 5 diva crowns. The characters were just as strong, but I wish the story line was a little more neat.


Don't forget that there is one week left to enter my giveaway to win a SIGNED ARC of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi! You can find that giveaway here! Enter, enter, enter!

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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (ARC review)... and GIVEAWAY! *Giveaway is now CLOSED*

Genre: Dystopian
Number of Pages: 352
For ages 13+

"Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel." -Goodreads

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is an AMAZING book. You know how there is all this hype on the book right?? It's because this book is SO DARN GOOD! Oh my goodness!

Juliette is one of those characters that you can see her progress through out the book. When you first start reading Juliette is put in a mental institution because people think she's crazy when by putting her in the institution she becomes crazy herself. Every time Juliette talks to Adam she gets better little by little until finally by the very end she is actually confident about herself. I really liked that about the book.

Holy cow, holy cow, holy cow!!! Adam=AWESOME! Adam is so amazing that he's right up there with Etienne on the Swoon Worthy boy list! No stinkin' joke. Adam is the total package. He's cute, he's sweet to Juliette, and he's funny! :) He's not like Patch, from Hush,Hush, who makes the girl he's in love with uncomfortable. Sorry... I still can't get over that.

This book had no flaws what so ever, and I read the ARC! Tahereh did an amazing job on this book. I don't think I've read this good of a book in a while. It was nice to be able to read this book after Hush,Hush just because I didn't know what to think. I was all confused, whereas when I read Shatter Me, I instantly knew that, I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Even though Warner was the bad guy, at some points I felt bad for him... and then I'd hate him again... but that's not the point. I think that Tahereh wanted you to feel for Warner. He was a man who loved power but had no one to love. So yes, I did feel bad for a bad man. Then by the end I hated him again. So, all is good with the world.

I read this book in a day and was always turning pages for more. I did take ONE break from this book because my family was going on a bike ride and I had been laying around on my bed all day reading... I needed to be active for a little bit! I had to pull away from this book, and let me tell you, once you get into it, you can't get out. Not easy.

I DEFINITELY give this book 5 out of 5 diva crowns. It makes me all happy inside! I can't believe that the people who don't have the ARC have to wait until NOVEMBER!


Now, that isn't the end of my post. Oh no. I have a little surprise for you all. I am going to give AWAY my ARC of Shatter Me....SIGNED. One of you DOESN'T have to wait until November! WOO HOO FOR NO WAITING!

I had a hard time figuring out whether or not I should give it away. The reason is, my mom got it from BEA and got to meet Tahereh and my mom got it signed. So, I didn't know if I wanted to giveaway my signed copy or not. But I decided that it would be selfish of me to NOT give it away. I need to share this amazing book. So if you win, it will say my name in it ;) but you will also have Tahereh's signature!! (Don't worry, I'm photo copying the signature for me and I'm gonna put it in the book I buy when it comes out in November!) WOO!

To enter you have to follow me. +1 for being a new follower, +2 for being an old one! You can also...

1.Share this post on twitter or your blog (make sure to leave me the link in the comments or tag me in the tweet, @SparkleJewelz)= +2
2. Answer this in a comment, If you could have any power what would it be?= +1

Then add everything up and comment your total! Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

This giveaway is NOT international. Sorry! Not enough babysitting jobs this summer. I'm broke.

The deadline will be two weeks from today at 12:00 AM Central time. So the deadline is technically Sunday morning! That Monday I will post the winner! So watch out for that!

Also don't forget to look out for my review this Sunday. I'll be reviewing Supernaturally! I post a review every Sunday.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: Paranormal
Number of Pages (ebook): 260
For ages 13+

"For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend,Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decided whether to fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen- and when it comes to choosing side, the wrong choice will cost her life." -Goodreads

Hush,Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick has been a pretty popular book. There were also lots of different feelings on this book. Some people absolutely LOVED it, some thought, "meh...", and other's completely and utterly hated it. I just finished it and I still am not exactly sure what to think. When this book first came out I was going to read it, but from some of the people I knew I heard some bad things. This was before I was a book reviewer, and I decided that if other people didn't like it then I wouldn't like it.But now I AM a book reviewer, so I decided to give it a try.

When I first read the description of the book I though it sounded, A LOT like the description for FALLEN, which I absolutely adore. Fallen angel falls in love with a human, been there, read that. But when I started reading I realized this book was nothing like FALLEN.

I have to say that at the beginning of the book I loved Nora. She was hilarious and had a sarcastic side to her, and if you have been reading for a while you would know that I'm quite sarcastic myself. (A quality I get quite well from my mother.) Then when I started getting into the book and she started to get more attached to Patch, she kind of lost some of her voice. She faded away with the other YA characters. That started to worry me. Thankfully, by the end she started to come back to her old character self, but not completely.

Vee, Nora's best friend, was I think the best character (next to Nora) in this whole entire book. She never lost her voice. She was always her cocky self! She was quite fun to read. Definitely one of my favorite of the main character's best friends.

Patch, hm.. I still can't put my finger on this guy. I don't think I'll be putting him on my "swoon worthy boy characters" list just because for me to be "swoon worthy" you have to actually be nice to the girl. It's not just about the good looks people!

This book, in a way, frustrated me. I could not see why Nora was attached to Patch. It aggravated me that she couldn't just STAY AWAY from the guy. I mean if you're scared and uncomfortable to be with this guy then DON'T GO NEAR HIM! It just annoyed me how when this guy is holding up and examining a knife to make you uncomfortable, you still want to be near him. (Don't worry that didn't give away anything, promise!)

Even though this book did frustrate me, I couldn't put it down. I started on Thursday night and I finished Friday late afternoon/ early evening, with things in between, of course.

I honestly have no idea what I think about this book. Which makes me feel really weird. I finish the book and I'm just put in this awkward state. I don't know if I should throw my arms up and go, "THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!", or throw my mom's iPad across the room in disgust. (Which of course I would never do.. that would NOT be good.)

I can tell you one thing for sure, don't read this book before bed. It has this eerie mood to it that just makes you uncomfortable when you go to bed. At least it did for me... but you never know.. I'm just weird like that.

I will most likely be reading the next book just to see if I can get myself out of this "awkward state." So.. for now I give this book 3 out of 5 diva crowns, and will be left in my "awkward state."

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P.S. Next review is an ARC review and it comes with a... GIVEAWAY! :D